Menopause Friendly Makeup – Make Your Skin Glow
As a woman in menopause, you already have many things to work through that occupy much of your time. Some might include your diet, exercise habits, lifestyle, and even your skincare routine. Because of skin problems and hot flashes that you might have at this stage, you also need to rethink the kind of makeup products you use. You may notice that your foundation does not cover your acne or your mascara gets smudged after a hot flush. To avoid these, here are some tips on how you can stay on top of your menopause and makeup.
Tips on Effective Makeup in Menopause
The same makeup that used to work for you in your youth might not yield the same results for you at the age of menopause. Sadly, you cannot turn back the time. But you can take advantage of the makeup brands and techniques that are suitable for middle-aged women. Your skin goes through significant changes during that age, and perhaps you have already updated your skincare.
If you have not done so yet, then make sure you look through your skincare products as soon as possible. And to stay on top of your makeup game, follow these tips for menopausal women.
Basic Is Not Boring
Most women wear makeup because it makes them feel more confident about their looks. But a lot of women in menopause start avoiding makeup or putting on too much. This happens because they are not satisfied with the natural appearance of their skin. The thing is, not wearing any makeup at all will not add to your confidence. But wearing too much makeup will make your face look artificial. As a result, self-esteem goes down in fear of others’ opinions of the skin on your face.
So there needs to be a balance. The less makeup, the better. Use as much as you need to cover the skin problems that bother you so you can leave your house with confidence. You do not need to shop for expensive brands because even at drugstores, you can now find good quality makeup at a lower cost. Another point is, conventional makeup items have a lot of chemicals, often toxic, as a part of their ingredients (1). So, if your skin has become more sensitive to chemicals in makeup products, try natural or organic makeup.
For natural makeup, you can try brands like Ilia or RMS Beauty.
Invest in a Primer and Good Foundation
When estrogen lowers in menopause, your skin cannot produce collagen as effectively as before. As a result, it may have trouble absorbing moisture. So when you sweat from a hot flash, the sweat will take your makeup with it. To prevent this from happening, there are two things you should invest in: a good primer and a good matte foundation for mature skin. Primer, which serves as a base for your makeup, can make wrinkles and large pores less visible, plus it will keep your foundation in place if you have a hot flash.
Check out this Power Infusion Serum primer from Bare Minerals.
A good foundation is also essential, as you probably cannot use the same one you had when you were younger. Choose a foundation with a yellow undertone, because it will make your skin look healthier and glowy. You can also experiment with bronzer or blush to add a glow to your skin, but watch some online tutorials on how to do that best for your age first. A good foundation will help you hide skin problems without making you look as if you were wearing layers of makeup. Pick one which is light but with good coverage.
L’Oreal Paris’s Super-Blendable Makeup offers many shades you can choose from.
Enhance Your Eyes
When you are doing your makeup, you naturally want to bring focus to one element of your face, such as eyes or lips. Let’s focus on the eyes and talk about the lips a little later. As you age, you might have dark circles or bags under your eyes, which have a strong ability to age you and make you look tired. A good concealer in a peach or green tone should help remove bluish or bruised appearance around your eyes. An eye primer can help your make up last longer and stay in place even after your hot flash episodes.
Check out these Instant Age Rewind concealer from Maybelline and the anti-aging Eyeshadow Primer Potion from Urban Decay.
Try to choose matte shades of the eye shadow because they will give you a more refined look and also help hide the wrinkles in the corners of your eyes. If your mascara makes your eyes irritated, invest in a natural one, and buy a mascara primer alongside it. This way, you won’t need to worry about adding length and volume to your lashes. The primer will take care of it. And, of course, do not forget your eyebrows, they might become rather sparse as you age. So avoid dark shadow pencils that would only make you look like you overdid your makeup. Instead, choose a pencil that matches your brow hair color. And use a brush that allows you to draw individual hair strokes.
This Fruit Pigmented mascara from 100% Pure is a good natural solution.
And Don’t Forget the Lips
As you age, your lips may become less plump, more pale, and wrinkled. And if you used to like darker lipstick tones in your youth, these might not look so good on you anymore. So let’s rethink your lip game. Your lipstick does not hold the shape anymore, so you might need to invest in a lip primer and a lip liner to define your lips before applying your lip color. Try not to draw the lip line far from the original, because the color can seep into the fine lines around your lips. Also, if you are worried about deep lines going to your lips, you can hide them with a concealer for a more youthful look.
You can try a product that does it all like the Rose Inc Lip Sculpt Amplifying Lip Color. It lines, primes, and increases fullness with its hydrating formula.
Going Beyond Makeup in Menopause
Using makeup effectively in menopause goes a long way for improving your self-confidence. But also keep in mind that you can help prevent and treat many skin problems (2) along with acne and photoaging (3) with probiotics. We at MenoLabs know the specific needs of women’s skin in menopause. That is why we have created a line of probiotic supplements to help you reduce signs of skin aging and feel better and more confident in menopause.
(1) Erika Chow and Shruthi Mahalingaiah. “Cosmetics use and age at menopause: Is there a connection?”
(2) M. R. Roudsari et al. “Health effects of probiotics on the skin.”
(3) Vasiliki Lolou and Mihalis Panayiotidis. “Functional Role of Probiotics and Prebiotics on Skin Health and Disease.”